Petrolia Says No to Liquor Beverage Rooms
Greatly Changed Petrolia Says No Beverage Rooms rr.a th. ChathM New. "pHE historic oil town of Petrolia held a vote on the introduction of beverage rooms. When the ballots 'were counted. one wondered why tne wets troubled to bring on a vote. The tally was 372 for beverage rooms and 1,128 against with 28 spoiled ballots. This is i a far cry from the booming oil town of 1886, when all manner of liquor was served at the bars of a host of big frame hotels, hurriedly erected to ac commodate the in rushing crowds of fortune seekers. Such names as the United States Hotel and the Saginaw Hotel betokened the nationality of the newcomers Liquor i drinking preferably hard liquor was a health pre caution in the boom town. In territory where the scant streams and the soil itself were pretty well saturated with waste crude, pure drinkable water was nara to get An enterprising Pet roll an with a tank wagon .peddled the stuff at a cent a pail That' was big money in those days. The more potent beverages were hardly more expensive, Eighty years and more nave manifestly wrought changes in Petrolia, and all the arguments of the wets that the travelling public would be attracted by beverage rooms and that . the town would share J to the ex tent of a few hundred dollars in the resulting revenue ' were powerless to overcome the in nate dry sentiment of the people. The Petrolia situation was dif ferent from that in most com munities where dry votes have been held. . Some years' ago the electors approved the establish- kment of a retail store. At the tune mere seems to nave been more or less definite promise by the wets, that if the store was approved, beverage rooms would not be asked- for. That situation may have influenced the vote.